By Kathy Groob – At 16, she’s pretty serious about politics. Running for class president is not all that unusual, but when high school sophomore Amy Myers thought she was standing up for women’s rights, she found herself taking on Michelle Bachman instead.
It all started when New Jersey honor student, sophomore Amy Myers, found herself defending her position as a female candidate for class president. The boys in her class taunted Amy by comparing her to some well known, and often-mocked national female candidates—Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin. When she learned that possible GOP presidential candidate Representative Michelle Bachman had incorrectly stated facts about the Revolutionary War and the founding fathers, Amy felt it reflected badly on all female candidates, event at the high school level.
Amy took the initiative to write a letter to Rep. Bachman and she challenged her to a debate over the Constitution and civics in general. It’s this action that has landed Amy in the national spotlight. While not hearing a response from Michelle Bachman, she has heard from other officials within the Republican Party.
A supposed California Congressman criticized Amy’s motives in his congressional blog by stating she needed to “learn some humility” and then made some obscure reference to physical education class. Kimble went on to issue a challenge to Amy that he would debate her on the constitution.
CORRECTION: We were notified this morning that the Congressman referred to in the story does not exist, that rather he is an imposter posing as a member of Congress from California’s 54th district. California has no 54th District. ElectWomen Magazine is not alone in it’s mistake quoting the fictional Congressman; The Washington Post made the same mistake. Click here to read the truth about the bogus member of Congress.
The Boston Herald and other major newspapers have written about Amy’s challenge to Michelle Bachman. There are reports on blog sites that Amy has been threatened with physical violence and obscenities. But Amy isn’t backing down. She’s forging ahead with her campaign for class president and hasn’t withdrawn her challenge to Rep. Bachman.
Good luck Amy!
Amy’s campaign website http://www.teamamy.com/
UPDATE: Amy’s dad responds to criticism and attacks. Click here.